Visit UCI

Explore a breathtaking campus with a rule-breaking spirit in the heart of Southern California.

A place like no other

A visually breathtaking campus. Undeniable school spirit. Originality and opportunity. Involvement in activities that will shape the future globally.

Ask any UCI student about what they saw and felt during their first campus visit, and you’ll likely hear the same things. No matter how many pictures you see of UCI or how nice you know it's going to be, you won’t truly appreciate how beautiful our school is until you’re here with us.

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Come see yourself as an Anteater! In-person and livestream campus tours are now open.

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Visit Irvine

We are so excited to welcome you to campus! We want your stay to be as enjoyable as possible, so here are some tips to help your travel go smoothly.

How to get here

Driving? Click here for directions, and be sure to check our campus parking map and purchase a parking permit.

Flying? There are 3 airports to choose from, with John Wayne Airport (SNA) being the most convenient, located just 15 minutes away from campus. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) are also available.

Where to stay

UCI offers negotiated rates at several hotels nearby. Those planning to visit the campus for any reason may take advantage of these offers. When making a reservation be sure to let the hotel know that you are visiting UCI and that you chose the hotel from this listing.

What to do

Come see what makes Irvine one of America’s favorite cities! Experience award-winning, globally-inspired cuisine, concept food centers, eclectic entertainment venues, and diverse shopping options. Enjoy 16,500 acres of parks, sports fields — including facilities at the Sports Complex at the Great Park — and permanently preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails, the most found anywhere throughout Orange County.

Destination Irvine Official Website

Where to Explore

See where Anteaters like to hang out, shop, and explore.

  • University Town Center

    Located just across the street from campus, University Town Center has plenty of options for dining and shopping.

    Visit University Town Center
  • Local Beaches

    Irvine is located just five miles from pristine Pacific Ocean beaches, with easy access to 42 miles of coastline for surfing and sailing.

    Visit Newport Beach
  • Fashion Island

    Overlooking the ocean, Fashion Island offers distinctive shopping and dining in a coastal resort setting.

    Visit Fashion Island

Where to Eat

Anteaters have spoken. Check out some of their favorite restaurants here.

  • HiroNori Craft Ramen

    Ranked #1 for OC's best ramen in 2020, HiroNori has the best tonkotsu, shoyu, and vegan ramen in Irvine and Orange County. Fourth-year psychological sciences major Josh says to skip the wait – they have an online waitlist you can join!

    HiroNori Irvine
  • Slapfish

    Third-year political science major Trishia recommends Slapfish, a modern seafood shack that serves the quality of fine dining at the cost and convenience of fast "er" food. Anteaters cite their big portions and location – right across the street at UTC!

    Slapfish Irvine
  • Saffron and Rose

    Located just 5 minutes from campus, Saffron and Rose offers ice cream with mouthwatering Middle Eastern flavors – all made from pure, globally-sourced ingredients.

    Saffron and Rose